Interaction with professionals like you is one of the most powerful tools to inspire youth to pursue STEM careers. FUTURE U. connects Boeing employees with classrooms so students can learn firsthand how STEM can apply to their present and their future. Use our step-by-step employee guide and ready-to-go STEM activities to get started today.
Lead students in learning about and listing celestial traits. Students will take on the role of a particular Boeing career and consider how their position could be impacted by the discovery of the new celestial body. Each student will then explore how various Boeing professionals would be involved.
Introduce students to the role of "citizen scientists" and how they can contribute to real-life research. Present a few of NASA's citizen science projects as examples from which students can plan their first steps as citizen scientists.
Students will calculate how long a trip around the Moon and back to Earth would take. Then they will contemplate the potential Moon tourism and design a marketing campaign to interest American tourists in taking one of the first trips around the Moon!
Shades of Grey
After a discussion on how satellites work, students will use a photo mosaic to further understand how satellites collect information, break it down, and reassemble to deliver light images to Earth. Students will work to complete a grid art, where different shades are given a numerical value to create a picture representing the Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellite TDSR.
Students will pretend to join an internship where they will have the chance to investigate the principles of density and buoyancy as they may apply to deep ocean research vehicles.
Students will work as recruited employees of Boeing to help expand their knowledge of ocean vessels. Boeing needs their help and insight on the optimal ship construction materials that should be used to avoid corrosion.
By investigating how the use of technology connects scientists, engineers and citizens across the country, students will explore the term “citizen scientist,” and learn how about a variety of important ways they, as students, can tribute to the world of science.
A (Nursery) School of Fish
The partnership between NOAA and Boeing with the Wave Glider has revealed infinite possibilities for discovery. One recent discovery is surface slicks, the ocean's own private childcare. With an imaginary trip to Kona, Hawaii, students will get hands-on as they act as scientists using sand to replicate sifting through all the species ocean experts found in slicks.
Create real paper airplanes designed by Boeing engineers. Using the materials below, you will create a well-designed paper airplane unlike you've ever made before. Watch how fast it flies!
Through various activities, students will learn the magic of drones— from the different use cases to how they fly without a pilot. There are two activities are included in the guide for students to investigate flight while being the one working directly with the drone.
Unbreakable Ice: Composite Basics
Students will learn about how composite material is created and how it’s used to create a structural unit. Students will be challenged to work together to create their own composite with ice and the material of their choosing, serving as the reinforcement.
Prepare for your visit to the classroom with tips, strategies, and other tools. Use these standards-aligned activities to demonstrate how innovations in aerospace can be used to answer authentic questions and solve real-world problems.
- Each activity is intended for use in classroom sessions that are approximately 45 minutes in length.
- Activities are written to facilitate instruction of up to 40 students, but can be easily led in smaller groups.
- All activities correspond to multiple STEM subjects and may be used within these classes accordingly.
- While the activities are geared for middle school students, they can be aged up or down based on the open-ended nature of the topics.
- Each activity includes an overview, guiding question, student outcomes, materials, procedure, and capture sheets.
FUTURE U. Employee Webinar
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING VIRTUAL MEETINGS
- Lighting: Backlighting prevents your audience from seeing you clearly. Make sure that you have lighting in front of you to ensure that you are seen.
- Camera Placement: Try to make sure that your camera is placed at eye level. This helps to create eye contact and engagement with your audience. You can use books or other items to lift your computer (if using a laptop).
- Sound: Make sure that you do a quick soundcheck before beginning your session. Ensure that you can be heard and that participants will not hear an echo effect. Consider the usage of headphones equipped with a speaker.
- Make Connections: Remember to try to connect with your audience, which can be challenging, virtually. Connect with them using quick stories or humor. Some suggestions have been included.
- Troubleshooting: It is okay to make mistakes or have technical issues. If you have a technology hiccup or things don't go as planned, do your best to reconnect and move forward with your lesson. The best thing you can do is be prepared by testing your internet connection and sound and video settings prior to your session!
Boeing-Inspired Design Challenge Kits
Each one of the Boeing-Inspired Design Challenge kits on this site was designed by a team of Boeing employees and connects to real-world problems our team solves every day.
There are several Boeing-Inspired Design Challenge activities and each one is an open-ended challenge giving students of all ages the opportunity to design their own unique prototype that solves the challenge.